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Youth Basketball Academy

Ambush Youth 3-on-3 Winter League

Parents think back to when you were growing up and learning the game of basketball - We bet 3-on-3 basketball was a big part of your childhood and development as a player. This winter we will offer a unique experience for K-6th Graders who are truly trying to improve their game…And it won’t cost you an arm & a leg --> 3-on-3 Basketball League for the ENTIRE WINTER for $99 Per Player! This league offers every player on the team an opportunity to work on their skills, plus the benefit of playing actual games! It’s a WIN-WIN program for anyone serious about the game. Here are some more reasons you should register your athlete(s) today: 


#1 Players Have the Ball More - Put simply, there are 2 fewer athletes on a 3-on-3 team than a 5-on-5 team (obviously), so players have the ball in their hands more often. The math for the amount of time in 5-on-5 that a player actually has the ball in their hands is pretty staggering. For simplicity sake, let’s say that the game is 40 minutes and an athlete plays the entire game. Half of that game is spent on defense and the other 20 minutes is spent on offense. Plus there are 4 other teammates, so 20 minutes divided by 5 players is 4 minutes each. So in a 40-minute game, a player only has the ball in his or her hands for 4 minutes total. So just due to the total number of players, each athlete will have the ball in their hands for more time in 3-on-3 than 5-on-5, and this is clearly a great thing for development.

#2 Fast Paced - If you don’t know already 3-on-3 is a surprisingly fast-paced game because it is played in the half-court and players simply have to take the ball out of the net and take it back over the 3 point line before trying to score. The fast pace of the game makes it a lot of fun as compared to some of the 5-on-5 games that can become boring and stagnant with a slow tempo or teams sitting in zone defenses or pressing another team to get up 15-20 points but then go back to sitting in a zone defense… really what is that teaching kids about playing the game?

#3 More Space - Again, with only 6 players total on the court as compared to 10 in 5-on-5, there is more space to operate on the court. More space allows young players to do more, and possibly more importantly, try some more things that as they improve they can then take to the 5-on-5 game. And like with #2, having more space to play makes the game often times more fun!

#4 Learn Basic Basketball Movements - This type of basketball is a great teaching tool for basic 5-on-5 movements and skills. Often times in 5-on-5, the main offensive operation is performed by only 3 players. For instance, a pick and roll with the 3 players on the ball/strong side or a pass and screen away are some of the most common movements in basketball, so 3-on-3 works to help players perfect them. Not to mention, learning to defend in the post, on the ball and help side defense - all key components of 3-on-3 and 5-on-5. 

#5 It’s Becoming an Olympic Sport - Last but not least, one of the benefits of 3-on-3 basketball is that it’s becoming an Olympic sport in 2020. This is so important because it gives kids an opportunity to watch some really high level 3-on-3 games and players - it will help them relate to what they are learning to what they will be watching - but also potentially gives them something to aspire to!

DIVISIONS - REGISTRATION - SKILLS & GAMES

Grades K-2nd - Athletes can register individually or as a team of 4-5 players on the roster. If registering as a team please keep in mind that all Rostered Athletes MUST be in the Same Grade. For the first 25 minutes two teams will be working on individual and team skill development led by the team coaches using the guidelines provided by the league. Teams then play a 20 minute game with scores being kept and recorded for league standings. Teams will be provided with colored wristbands to teach them man to defense and understand who they are guarding.


Grades 3rd-4th - Athletes can register as individuals OR as a team with 4-5 players on the roster. If registering as a team please keep in mind that all Rostered Athletes MUST be in the Same Grade. In this division the first 25 minutes will consist of individual skill development led by the team coaches using the guidelines of the league. Teams then play a 20 minute game with the score being kept and recorded for league standings.


Grades 5th-6th - Athletes can register as individuals OR as a team with 4-5 players on the roster. The first 15 minutes will be individual skill development led by the team coaches, but within the guidelines of the league. Teams then play a 40 minute game with the score being kept and recorded for league standings.


After registration is complete and teams are formed we will ask for 1 Volunteer coach per team. Coaches will lead the individual skill development portions of each Sunday using the guidelines for each week provided by the League. Volunteers will also ref the games together with whistles provided by the League. Coaches who apply will have to list experience, have a background check and be approved by the league before the coaches meeting on November 24th. 

Any approved coaches will receive 50% LEAGUE REGISTRATION for their Athlete! 


ALL LEAGUE GAMES WILL HAVE AN AMBUSH COURT MONITOR AT EACH LOCATION ON SITE


Space will be limited per session/group and location (See below for number of athletes per division) 


Each athlete/team will receive a t-shirt jersey to wear for the season. 


Playing time will be equal and based on our outline for coaches to utilize during the season. 


WHEN REGISTERING INDIVIDUAL ATHLETES: Parents will be asked the skill level of their athlete - Please be honest about their skills level so we can form even teams. Use the following guidelines as needed for athletes skill level when registering. Teams will be put together based on CITY & SKILL LEVEL so they are playing with kids from their town & even teams.


Registration Questions Below:  If an athlete CAN DO ALL respond = YES. Otherwise it would be a NO response.

Kindergarten Guidelines: Athlete can throw/catch a chest pass & shoot at a 7 foot hoop with intermediate ball respond - YES

1st Grade Guidelines: Athlete can dribble with both hands to half court & throw/catch a chest pass respond = YES

2nd Grade Guidelines: Athlete can dribble with both hands full length of floor & pass on the move respond = YES

3rd Grade Guidelines: Athlete can dribble two balls at the same time & tries to shoot layups with both hands correctly = YES

4th-6th Grade Guidelines: Athlete can dribble two balls at the same time & able to make layups from both sides correctly & consistently = YES

LOCATIONS - DATES  - COST PER ATHLETE

Dates for SENECA LEAGUE - December 8, 15, 29, Jan 5, 12, 19, 26, Feb 9 (SUNDAYS)

 - Nothing on Dec 22 for Christmas Break

 - Nothing on Feb 2nd for Super Bowl

 - Tournament on February 9th with teams guaranteed 2 games and no skill development

 - February 16th will be used as a make-up date for any weather related cancellations 


SUNDAYS in Seneca (TENTATIVE TIME FRAMES - TBD by Registrations

K Boys & Girls from 1:00-1:50 pm - Hoops at 7 Feet & Intermediate Ball Used

1st Boys & Girls from 2:00-2:50 pm - Hoops at 7 Feet & Intermediate Ball Used

2nd Boys ONLY from 3:00-3:50 pm - Hoops at 7 Feet & Intermediate Ball Used

2nd Girls ONLY from 4:00-4:50 pm - Hoops at 7 Feet & Intermediate Ball Used

3rd Boys ONLY from 5:00-5:50 pm - Hoops at 8 Feet & Women’s Ball Used

3rd Girls ONLY from 6:00-6:50 pm - Hoops at 8 Feet & Women’s Ball Used

4th Boys ONLY from 1:00-1:50 pm - Hoops at 10 Feet & Women’s Ball Used

4th Girls ONLY from 2:00-2:50 pm - Hoops at 10 Feet & Women’s Ball Used

5th Boys ONLY from 3:00-3:50 pm - Hoops at 10 Feet & Women’s Ball Used 

5th Girls ONLY from 4:00-4:50 pm - Hoops at 10 Feet & Women’s Ball Used 

6th Boys ONLY from 5:00-5:50 pm - Hoops at 10 Feet & Women’s Ball Used

6th Girls ONLY from 6:00-6:50 pm - Hoops at 10 Feet & Women’s Ball Used


Cost:  

$99 Plus Tax for Individuals 

$450 plus tax for 3rd-6th Grade Teams (Coach discount within the team price)